Priyaranjan Das Munshi, current Minister of Information and Broadcasting and President of West Bengal State Unit of the Congress party is critically ill. This has created a vacuum for the party since there is no accepted second leader who can lead the party in his absence.
The quick political rise of Dasmunshi`s wife in the party has antagonized other leaders.
The party will be facing a leadership crisis unless Dasmunshi makes a miraculous comeback to lead the party in the parliamentary elections, a few months away.
Gautam Gupta has more on the story.